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Windows 7: Folder called Windows.old can I delete it?

30 Jun 2010   #1
Walter

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
Folder called Windows.old can I delete it?

Hello,
I have a new install of Windows 7 Pro on a blank hard drive and there is a folder called Windows.old 22.6 Gbyte in size.
Can this folder and contents be deleted?

Kind regards,

Walter


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30 Jun 2010   #2
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Windows.old is where the installer puts an old copy of windows when upgrading.

Odd that it would be there on a completely clean install on a completely blank hd.

But yeah, look at the contents carefully and if there is nothing you care about in there is can be deleted.

Normally it would contain all your desktop and user files and settings (IE favorites mail etc). So just be SURE you don't need anything from it. But it's not used in any way by the newly installed windows.
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30 Jun 2010   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Have a look here:
Windows.old Folder - Delete
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30 Jun 2010   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post
Hello,
I have a new install of Windows 7 Pro on a blank hard drive and there is a folder called Windows.old 22.6 Gbyte in size.
Can this folder and contents be deleted?

Kind regards,

Walter

Fseal is of course correct. The folder can be deleted after you get anything you need from it. You can delete it by running the disk cleanup wizard.


Ken
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30 Jun 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

After you hit clean up and it caluculates how much space you will save, be sure to check include system files, lower left.
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01 Jul 2010   #6
Walter

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Windows.old is where the installer puts an old copy of windows when upgrading.

Odd that it would be there on a completely clean install on a completely blank hd.

But yeah, look at the contents carefully and if there is nothing you care about in there is can be deleted.

Normally it would contain all your desktop and user files and settings (IE favorites mail etc). So just be SURE you don't need anything from it. But it's not used in any way by the newly installed windows.
Thankyoui to all of your replys, I will carefully check Windows.cold file for any needed files.
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03 Jul 2010   #7
Reilly

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Make sure you do because i have mistakenly done that before and erased photos and videos, you can save wnidows.old to a usb so its there if you need it
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04 Jul 2010   #8
Walter

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Reilly View Post
Make sure you do because i have mistakenly done that before and erased photos and videos, you can save wnidows.old to a usb so its there if you need it
Thank you, I will take that tip of saveing the Windows.old folder and contents to my usb stick.

Walter
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